Cost to Install a Grab Bar – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 200

$ 50

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The average price to Install a Grab Bar noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

There’s no denying that adding a grab bar to bathtub or shower walls will cut down on the number of accidents that occur getting in or out of the slippery wet surface. It’s easy to do when the bathroom is being remodeled and the walls are open so you can build in a wall cleat or blocking to provide a firm foundation for the bar between the two wall studs where the bar will be installed. The challenge is installing a grab bar as an add-on to walls that are finished.

If you’re not ripping out the wall and exposing the wall studs, your next best option is to use anchors designed as a blind fastening system, to be installed on sturdy walls made of tile over plaster and lath or tiled walls with at least 1/2-inch thick cement board or drywall wall behind them.

There is also an anchoring system designed to install a grab bar to an existing shower and tub with fiberglass walls. While a carpenter will charge $200 to make the installation, you can buy the components and install them for $50, assuming you have some basic carpentry skills and tools.

Lowes has this advice about how to Install a Grab Bar.

Now you know the average cost to install a grab bar, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. 

Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.